Discussion in 'music, bands, clubs & festies' started by free spirit, Sep 23, 2014.
more stories requested, let me picture the magic please.
part of the reason for the thread.
We've got a newcastle group going o facebook to attempt to put the memories into some semblance of order before we all completely forget what went on back when we were ravers who actually raved.
I would have put money on you posting about Havok.
Up in Newcastle, 3 times a year we had what I still reckon to have been among the best all nighters going in the mid 90s, but I doubt many people outside of newcastle knew about them.
Arcane was started as a charity thing by a group of student house heads in 93/94ish, taking over 4 floors of newcastle uni student union from 9pm- as late as 9am one time, settling on a 5am finish from 95.
This probably doesn't sound like a big deal now, but up in newcastle at that time there wasn't any other night that was on past 2.30am, actually it might have been 1.30 for most nights, so this rapidly became legendary end of term blow out that for years would regularly sell out within hours of tickets going on sale, so everyone really made the effort and the dancefloors were rammed from the start through til the lights came up at the end, when the bouncers would usually have real trouble clearing the place without at least 2-3 encores.
I think I went to something like the first 20 or so in a row, and the novelty gradually wore off, but I reckon most of the first 10-15 or so would be up there with the best nights going.
Some nights there would be dozens of people scaling the walls to get in through 2nd floor windows, culminating in a mass break in by the techno crowd in the summer of 2000, that led to the techno room being banned, and wasn't really the same afterwards, but arcane from 94-2000 or so fucking rocked.
I got to host a room there a few times from 2003-8 or so, which was great, but it was never quite as good as it was back in the 90s. It finally ended in 2009 or so, not long after the student rag had published a series of shock horror articles about drugs use at Arcane.... back in the day that would never have been published, times had obviously changed.
Ive been looking for somewhere to post this - Kebra Ethiopia Sound from South Africa - this is the dance i most want to go to in the whole world right now
(playing uk dub from Alpha & Omega camp)
Fears Teachers Parties
And a few clubs I'm not remembering the name of right now
Camden Palace on a Friday night in the early days was pretty special too, amazing lasers. Afterwards there was always mini buses to random warehouse parties, one in an old school was the first time I heard Paul Trouble Anderson.
Can we talk about one off memorable raves too?
Far too many to remember them all of course but also one at the Michael Sobell Centre maybe 91 or 92? Possibly organised by Fantasy FM. Killed it.
ETA: It was Telepathy actually!
Check out the line up... Unforgettable!
Enter The Dragon in Kensington. Went in 1988 & was my introduction to House.
Best rave ever
Old skool rave flyers are ridiculous and wonderful at the same time.
My favourite a few weeks later.
I was just looking at this:
Soul II Soul night at the Fridge in Brixton
The Brain club
The Sandino at the Albany Empire in Deptford with Giles Peterson
and of course Unsound!!
The 'Full On' monthly all nighters in Nation/Cream pre-superclub days, just epic and life-changing.
Voodoo, as killer b mentioned, though I had better nights when it moved to the 051 complex and it was just one square sweaty room throbbing to the talents of Claude Young etc.
Sandwiched between the 2, Energy at Heston services, Adamski was live that night and I think he was brilliant
Tresor. I went towards the end of its time and it was fantastic. If I had a rave time machine I'd go there in the early 90s ahead of any of the big raves people are talking about here.
I can imagine! have you seen the doccumentary about the club - it's on YouTube,
I have yes, it's great too.
Chunnel Club for some dirty techno was brilliant.
I was going to mention Cream as well, I only went once in it's heyday around 96 / 97, but fuck me did it live up to the reputation... and I'm talking about the crowd there, more than anything particularly special about the actual venue, djs etc. It kinda felt like the anfield cop had just necked a load of pills and gone out on the rave after the match, but forgotten all about football for the night and taken cream to their hearts instead... and replaced the fat lager louts with pilled up beautiful young ladies, so actually probably not that much like the cop at all.
A bit like I;d imagine slam to have been in glasgow in it's hey day.... a club I queued up for once, but it was a night daft pumk were playing and there was just no chance of getting in, but the queue itself was pretty special, and you could hear the crowd from outside. We went to the sub club instead, which was also mint, just in a different way.
the ''ship ashore'' scooterist night in digbeth.
cadbury's social club northern soul nights.
house of god.
Had a think about this thread and wanted to say that around the mid 90's things seemed to change in clubs, they began to attract music entrepreneurs who spent most of the night standing around the DJ observing!!
Totally ruined the atmosphere...
My experience was that clubs and the atmosphere in them changed when crack became popular.
I just got a shiver down my spine reading that
Saw Sven Vath there - incredible atmosphere
Anyone mention Back 2 Basics? That was a great night, but for me Progress - that little club in Derby which drew people from all over the midlands and the North was unmatchable and punched well above its weight.
When was the New Year do in the basement of St Pancras?
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